Eight years ago I purchased a set of Golden Open Acrylic paints and medium, some beautiful paint brushes and various canvases. It was my birthday and I wanted to see whether the timing was right to start the artist’s journey.
I had taken classes with local artist Ursula Medley when I first arrived in Powell River back in 2005. At that time I used oils and Ursula and I would sit for many a chilly hour outside painting en plein air. I greatly enjoyed the experience and Ursula taught me a lot of what I know now, but I was disappointed in my results. So, I let the hobby rest for seven years.
Armed with new materials, I stood in our open garage, painted a pair of Felco pruners and was hooked. I knew two things: one, it was too cold standing in the garage, and two, the time was right to truly embark on my artist’s journey.
I regularly paint with other local artists and am involved with plein air painting groups. I use water mixable oils, pens, charcoal and watercolours as well as my original acrylics. My paintings are uploaded to janetandjanet.ca where I can add a few words about the process or the challenges of each piece. I write a regular blog to inspire and motivate others to bring creativity into their lives.
I paint in our dining room and receive regular very useful critiques from my husband. He is my perfect audience. I prefer people to see my paintings without the distraction of a signature, although it is always there. When painting on canvas, my art is signed down the side, a signature and location which took much deliberation.
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